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‘The Cat Person debate shows how fiction writers use real life does matter’

From The Guardian: “It was Graham Greene who wrote that every writer has a splinter of ice in their heart. I think he was right: you have to have it, otherwise you would spend all your time worrying about the … Continue reading

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The Guardian: ‘It is obscene’: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pens blistering essay against social media sanctimony

The Guardian article. From ChimaManda.com: In certain young people today like these two from my writing workshop, I notice what I find increasingly troubling: a cold-blooded grasping, a hunger to take and take and take, but never give; a massive … Continue reading

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Dreams and Anna Karenina

Janet Malcolm writes: * Tolstoy was obviously well acquainted with the guard who stops us at the border of sleep and awakening and confiscates the brilliant, dangerous spoils of our nighttime creations. The capacity to recreate these fictions in the … Continue reading

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When novels still mattered (4-17-21)

Bellow: A Biography by James Atlas: https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=138437 Where Do Journalists Come From? https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=137084 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Krim The American Novel Made Us https://www.cwanderson.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tom-Wolfe-Gives-an-Eyewitness-Report-of-the-Birth-of-The-New-Journalism-New-York-Magazine.pdf

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The Power Of Flannery O’Connor

Frederick Crews writes: O’Connor had no cause to disprize university writing programs, for she herself, despite the marked individuality of her work, was the first prominent American author to have been significantly shaped by one. Scholars who examine her early … Continue reading

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